Hey! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’m trying desperately to get back on track. Today is the 10th of October and that means it is World Mental Health Day. This subject is very important and it is close to my heart, so today’s post is all about raising awareness and stopping the stigma ❤
If you have followed my blog for a while, you will know that I uploaded a post called Mental Health & Me. I did this to share my story and to explain that I suffer from depression and anxiety. The feedback and comments I got from that post was brilliant, thank you all so much.
I also wanted to raise awareness about mental health and I think today is a fantastic opportunity for millions of people to help stop the stigma. Having a mental illness doesn’t define who you are, just like having a physical illness wouldn’t. However, people understand that more because they can physically see something is wrong. When researching about mental health, I came across a statistic which states that ‘if we don’t act quickly, depression will be the leading illness globally by 2030’. That shocked me massively and goes to show how important talking about mental health and improving the treatment is.
Anxiety and depression disorder is the most common mental health problem in the UK and people who suffer with any mental illness somehow feel like it’s their own fault. They feel ashamed, embarassed, lonely, they feel like that have to hide it and battle it on their own. It’s time to talk and it’s time to change. If you suffer with a mental health problem here are some things to help you:
- Talk about your feelings
- Get help – websites, helplines, your GP, talking to someone you trust
- Exercise and eat well
- Make time for yourself
- Use relaxation techniques
- Realise your emotional health is important
- Be strong – You ARE worthy and brave.
Mental Health affects 1 in 4 of us. Someone you know is suffering with a mental illness right now. ‘Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean its not there’ Be supportive. Talk about it. Normalise it. Let’s end the stigma. We can make a change ❤
I love you all. Please use this hashtag today and raise awareness EVERY day – #WorldMentalHealthDay2016
Love Abbie x